Supporting Victoria’s Wildlife Rehabilitators

26 June 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Anthony Carbines today visited Mary the Wombat to announce Victoria’s wildlife rehabilitators now have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $2000 to support their valuable work.

Wildlife rehabilitators play a vital role by dedicating their own time and money to rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured wildlife and release them back into the wild.

The aim of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program is to support the work of carers and advance wildlife welfare by improving the capability and capacity of rehabilitators to care for wildlife through:

  • targeted financial support to Shelter Operators and Foster Carers to increase the standards of wildlife care through the funding of allowable items (such as safety equipment);
  • targeted one-off payments to wildlife institutions for:
    • providing expert, specialist advice, treatment and facilities to care for wildlife in rehabilitation;
    • providing training and education and including community education;
    • emergency incident response including year-round ability to respond to large-scale incidents; and
    • undertaking research and wildlife health surveillance.

The grants program includes over $60,000 for wildlife emergency response institutions; Phillip Island Nature Park, Zoos Victoria and the Dolphin Research Institute.

Applications can be made online by visiting Link . More information and assistance is provided through the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Anthony Carbines

“Our Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program provides funding to increase standards of wildlife care, helps institutes maintain or upgrade facilities and provide valuable education programs or research and assists carers to respond to emergency incidents.”

“We value and thank the over 700 registered volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Victoria who often support our agencies respond to large-scale emergency incidents that affect wildlife including bushfires, floods and oil spills.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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